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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby blakinator8 » January 28th, 2017, 1:00 pm

kenniky wrote:Are the exam scores the space between orange and blue, or from the bottom to the orange?

Also, yo! I've competed in both of your events then. Nice! (RIP Geomap :( )


From the bottom to the orange.

Agreed, Geomapping was the greatest. :( Hopefully it'll be back in the rotation in the near future.
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Postby jkang » January 28th, 2017, 6:04 pm

blakinator8 wrote:Agreed, Geomapping was the greatest.

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Postby Tom_MS » January 29th, 2017, 7:54 am

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Optics (19th) - Test was pretty good, straightforward with a couple of curveballs but nothing too esoteric (other than maybe Fabry-Perot cavities lol) The laser setup, however, was not that great - the mirrors were covered in tape and this resulted in the bottom front edge not being flush or even parallel with the actual mirrors. We set the mirrors up perfectly but the variation in angle from the tape made our laser completely miss the 4th mirror and caused us to get a laser score of 21 :/ Very salty


Yeah we had this exact same problem. The test was fine with a few hard questions, but the LSS really killed because of those covers.

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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby Unome » January 29th, 2017, 8:37 am

Today I noticed that one of the sections on the key from the Remote test is copied almost word for word from Wikipedia (the sentence is meaningless out of context too):

Answer Key wrote:The satellites are spaced apart so their collective observations allow construction of high-definition 3D images.

Wikipedia wrote:They are spaced a few minutes apart from each other so their collective observations may be used to build high-definition three-dimensional images of the Earth's atmosphere and surface.
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby windu34 » January 29th, 2017, 9:07 am

Unome wrote:Today I noticed that one of the sections on the key from the Remote test is copied almost word for word from Wikipedia (the sentence is meaningless out of context too):

Answer Key wrote:The satellites are spaced apart so their collective observations allow construction of high-definition 3D images.

Wikipedia wrote:They are spaced a few minutes apart from each other so their collective observations may be used to build high-definition three-dimensional images of the Earth's atmosphere and surface.

That's the answer to the benefits of having a train of consecutive satellites imaging the same area. Whats wrong with the answer? It may be slightly general, but it is correct
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby Unome » January 29th, 2017, 9:32 am

windu34 wrote:
Unome wrote:Today I noticed that one of the sections on the key from the Remote test is copied almost word for word from Wikipedia (the sentence is meaningless out of context too):

Answer Key wrote:The satellites are spaced apart so their collective observations allow construction of high-definition 3D images.

Wikipedia wrote:They are spaced a few minutes apart from each other so their collective observations may be used to build high-definition three-dimensional images of the Earth's atmosphere and surface.

That's the answer to the benefits of having a train of consecutive satellites imaging the same area. Whats wrong with the answer? It may be slightly general, but it is correct

I guess it's just me nitpicking. The first thing that came to mind when I looked at that today was, how would they grade an answer along the lines of "In order that the satellite images can be accurately compared to each other"? I could see the test writer marking that correct, but other graders marking it incorrect.
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby Ashernoel » February 26th, 2017, 5:50 pm

blakinator8 wrote:Hi all,

I was the ES for Hovercraft at MIT. I wrote the test and ran check-in at impound. The National event supervisor also came to the event; he supplied the tracks (which were admittedly slippery, but all identical to each other). In the interest of preserving the competitiveness of high-performing teams I won't give out individual raw scores, but I will show a plot of the scores for the device and test: Image

I competed in Maglev back in 2012(trial at nats), 2013, and 2014, so I know the pain of trying to make a vehicle go slowly over an unpredictable track. This was my second year as an ES at MIT (I proctored geologic mapping last year).


Are these vehicle scores only the mass or time scores? Someone was talking about getting a 47 on vehicle score, but if the top score on the test is 50, these vehicle scores look to be around 25. What am I missing? Sorry...
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby Unome » March 30th, 2017, 1:12 pm

Apparently a video of the awards ceremony was posted to YouTube in February (discovered it in the related videos section when I saw at the Ohio State Tournament livestream).
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby kenniky » April 2nd, 2017, 7:58 pm

Are there official pictures anywhere

And why is the site down again

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Postby windu34 » April 2nd, 2017, 8:10 pm

kenniky wrote:Are there official pictures anywhere

And why is the site down again

I cant remember the last time the site was up tbh lol
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby Unome » June 7th, 2017, 1:04 pm

Has anyone heard anything at all about next year's date? I emailed a few weeks ago but haven't heard back.
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Unome wrote:Has anyone heard anything at all about next year's date? I emailed a few weeks ago but haven't heard back.


Stephen Tang, who graduated but has run the invite the past three years, says he believes the plan is to stay on the same weekend (so that would be 1/20/18). I believe Katie Shade (New Trier alumni) should be one of the tournament co-directors if anyone has contact information for her.
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Postby Luo » June 7th, 2017, 1:48 pm

nicholasmaurer wrote:
Unome wrote:Has anyone heard anything at all about next year's date? I emailed a few weeks ago but haven't heard back.


Stephen Tang, who graduated but has run the invite the past three years, says he believes the plan is to stay on the same weekend (so that would be 1/20/18). I believe Katie Shade (New Trier alumni) should be one of the tournament co-directors if anyone has contact information for her.

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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby Unome » June 7th, 2017, 2:05 pm

Luo wrote:
nicholasmaurer wrote:
Unome wrote:Has anyone heard anything at all about next year's date? I emailed a few weeks ago but haven't heard back.


Stephen Tang, who graduated but has run the invite the past three years, says he believes the plan is to stay on the same weekend (so that would be 1/20/18). I believe Katie Shade (New Trier alumni) should be one of the tournament co-directors if anyone has contact information for her.

scioly [at] mit [dot] edu is the correct contact information for Science Olympiad at MIT - it goes straight to the current tournament director and is the address to which all inquires should be directed.

This is the email I used. I wasn't really expecting a response for a few days, based on response times over the last year. I sent my email (which was actually unrelated to the 2018 tournament date) 13 days ago, which is why I asked here if anyone had heard anything.
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Re: MIT Invitational

Postby windu34 » June 7th, 2017, 3:26 pm

Unome wrote:
Luo wrote:
nicholasmaurer wrote:
Stephen Tang, who graduated but has run the invite the past three years, says he believes the plan is to stay on the same weekend (so that would be 1/20/18). I believe Katie Shade (New Trier alumni) should be one of the tournament co-directors if anyone has contact information for her.

scioly [at] mit [dot] edu is the correct contact information for Science Olympiad at MIT - it goes straight to the current tournament director and is the address to which all inquires should be directed.

This is the email I used. I wasn't really expecting a response for a few days, based on response times over the last year. I sent my email (which was actually unrelated to the 2018 tournament date) 13 days ago, which is why I asked here if anyone had heard anything.

I emailed about 5 days ago and havent heard back yet either.
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